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Experiential Meditation Retreat in India

This is a gentle introduction to Zen meditation with an experienced practitioner, Karen Sivan. It is a short immersion into the practice and Zen lifestyle, 4 nights at a homestay near Kovalam with a local family and daily sittings with Karen. Participate in meditation on the rooftop twice a day to enjoy a slower and calmer pace to life.

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  • Meditation sittings twice daily
  • Immersion into the practice and Zen lifestyle
  • Daily delicious breakfast
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

4 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Trivandrum International Airport
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi

Accommodation will be at Ganesh House with air-conditioned or non-airconditioned rooms. It is a local homestay close to the beach and a short walk to Kin-Hin Centre. It involves with responsible tourism and government approved, you can experience village life.



This meditation retreat begins with an introduction to Zen at 16:00 on arrival day and ends after breakfast on departure day. You will have 5 days of experiential practice. The practice itself is very simple, which is why we find it difficult to master!

It is not a technique to be learned, it is more of an attitude towards life and Zen meditation is a superb spiritual practice with no promises extended.

Suggested daily schedule

  • 07:00 Meditation
  • 08.30 Breakfast
  • 17:00 Meditation


Karen Sivan



Breakfast will be served at your accommodation after morning meditation.

There is an equipped kitchen for your use if you want to prepare snacks etc during the day. Additional meals can be requested in advance or explore the nearby restaurants.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Local site seeing tours can be easily arranged for you.

What's included

  • 10 meditation ‘sittings"
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Airport transfer from Trivandrum

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Kin-Hin will pick you up from the airport. The transport from the airport to the accommodation is an approximately 30-minute drive.

Airport: Trivandrum International Airport Airport transfer included: Trivandrum International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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